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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The Hyundai Veracruz has earned good safety scores throughout its life span, and for the 2012 model year, it's still hanging on to "good" ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The IIHS gives it that score in both front- and side-impact crash testing, but doesn't assign it a roof-crush score--which means the Veracruz doesn't earn the Top Safety Pick designation.
The IIHS is ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at least--the federal agency hasn't re-tested the Veracruz since it changed its testing methodology in the 2011 model year. We'll update this review if new ratings are published, but since the Veracruz is nearing the end of its life cycle, we don't expect the Feds to re-test it until a new model replaces the current one.
The Veracruz' standard safety equipment includes dual front, side and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control; and front active head restraints. Rear parking sensors are also standard, but the Veracruz has no option for blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, or some of the other high-tech features that have infiltrated the competition. A rearview camera is an option, built into a new navigation system, but it's only offered on the Limited model.
Some crash-test scores are good, but the 2012 Hyundai Veracruz is missing some of the latest safety technology.